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Continuum of CarePremium Content

Many people still think of rescue missions as places where homeless people find housing, food and spiritual instruction. Yet, those of us who are involved in this field know that unless their deeper spiritual, emotional, physical, and social needs are addressed, homeless people will never attain stability in their lives. Many suffer from mental illness, addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, and various medical problems. Some cannot read, lack high school diplomas, and do not possess basic skills needed to find and keep a job. These and other complex problems keep people on the streets.

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Some Advice for Urban Ministry WorkersPremium Content

Urban mission work is certainly unique. The rewards can be tremendous, as well as at the discouragements. So, here are a few things I thought about as I looked at the new year ahead:

A. Keep a life for yourself
I often struggle to the find the balance between personal priorities and ministry opportunities. It's easy to get caught up in ministry and put my own needs on the "back burner." Because urban missions can be a very stressful place to work good, "self care" practices are essential. One of the most important of them is to cultivate a life that is separate from the mission and its staff and clients. We need to leave work stress behind and pursue our own interests and relationships. For people who live in the mission facilities, failing to develop meaningful outside relationships and activities is a sure path to "burn-out."

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Is "Special Needs" Biblically Sound?Premium Content

The more I think about it the more I’m convinced that the notion of “special needs” isn’t biblically sound.

My friend Tim pastors a church in Denver, and he talks a lot about the “Y’all Come In” mentality. In that view, if the church opens the door and puts down a welcome mat, that’s enough.

Except that it’s not enough.

At Tim’s church they send people to homeless shelters and by-the-week motels. They sit with people one-on-one, talk with them, assure them they’re valued and needed.

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Enabling - the Wrong Kind of HelpPremium Content

Many are godly people who have prayed for their loved ones, yet they watch painfully as they continue down a path of rebellion and destruction. So what can you do to help you loved ones? Stop enabling!

Enabling - Offering the Wrong Kind of Help.
Enabling is rescuing your loved ones so that they do not experience the painful consequences of their irresponsible decisions. Enabling is anything that stands in the way of persons experiencing the natural consequences of their own behavior.

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Learning God's Purpose for Your Life

But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves,
not having been baptized by John.
Luke 7:30, NASB

We hear a lot about the importance of “purpose-driven lives,” but is it enough to follow any purpose… or does it matter whose purpose we choose to follow?

The above verse in Luke tells us that the Pharisees and lawyers rejected God’s purpose for their lives. Why? Because they hadn’t been baptized by John. What does that have to do with it?

Confidentiality and the Christian Health Care WorkerPremium Content

The principle of confidentiality is necessary to protect information essential for intimate relationships. However, carefully timed and chosen speech used to breach a confidence may protect a neighbor's life. Therefore the difficult choice of whether to remain "silent" in maintaining a confidence or to "speak" and in so doing justly decide the appropriate person, place and time of speech, demands the wisdom of Solomon.

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Behavior or Disease?Premium Content

When is an addiction or dysfunctional behavior a "disease?"

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The Physician, The Pastor, Psychotherapy, and CounselingPremium Content

A thorough discussion of the role of physicians and pastors in psychotherapy and counseling from a Biblical perspective.

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When is Counseling Needed?Premium Content

Learn how to identify when professional counseling is needed.

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Training for Recovery Professionals and Pastors

Need more training so you can more effectively help others or run a recovery group? Thinking about a career in the recovery field? These accredited facilities offer online as well as classroom training: (Make sure to scroll down this page, lots of information is here!)

RISE Professional Recovery Coach Program

    The Premier Online Certificate Program for Professional Addiction Recovery Coaching Act Now and get $500 in Tuition Assistance! This 90-Hour, Self-paced, Online Training Program Includes:
      Professional Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
      TWO Credentials: Certified Professional Recovery Coach and Certified Professional Coach

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